Welcome to Lower Shaw Farm

Whether you are looking for a relaxing break, a stimulating weekend of new experiences, or wanting to learn a new skill, we look forward to welcoming you to Lower Shaw Farm!

Lower Shaw Farm offers weekend breaks,
events and courses for adults and for families:

About Lower Shaw Farm

Our activities and courses range from weekend breaks to week-long events, and one-day workshops. There are things for grown-ups, children, and anyone in between.

At Lower Shaw Farm we try to do all things well. We like to work and play, make discoveries and make friends, be serious and also have fun. We like wholesome food and enjoy good talk, or music-making and storytelling round the fire in the yard, by the woodstove, or in the Circle Garden. We reckon that today’s stranger is tomorrow’s friend and that life is for learning at Lower Shaw Farm!


Once home to seventy black and white cows, the farm is now a 3-acre oasis in an area of suburban development. It is run as a co-operative by residents Andrea, Matt, and a phenomenal team of helpers from near and far.

The main farmhouse has bedrooms for visitors, the kitchen, a dining room for small groups, and the Hayloft, our lovely yoga studio. The outbuildings have been converted to more accommodation, meeting rooms, and workshops, and there is a beautiful turf-roofed rustic sauna (shown on the right).

With its large vegetable, herb, and flower gardens, its shrubs and trees, its puddles and ponds, hens and ducks, black and white sheep, friendly pigs, vintage red tractor, and unspoilt areas for play and exploration, the farm has developed an atmosphere and character of its own. Its outer ramshackle appearance masks an inner order and warmth. It’s sort of wild, welcoming, and very nice!

Prices for weekend events include all meals, accommodation, and tuition. Bed and breakfast is often available for non-residential courses.

Accommodation is in chalets, caravans, and farmhouse rooms, and includes single, double, and shared bedrooms. Duvets and pillows are provided. Please bring your own sleeping bag or sheet and pillowcase; and state your preferred sleeping requirements.

Farm house rooms: For some events there is a supplement payable if you request a room in the main farm house. See individual events and booking forms for details.

Facilities are simple, but homely and generally user-friendly for all people. Full board is provided and we can cater for special diets.

To reserve your place for an event, please click the button shown below it, or else choose from our Booking Options. We look forward to welcoming you!

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